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All the news and views from the world of energy storage and associated industries.

Swiss firm eyes EV market traction for new ‘standardised’ battery

Swiss technology company Ecovolta has unveiled a “standardised” lithium-ion battery, aimed at speeding up the development of electric vehicles.

VW adds SK Innovation to battery cells suppliers group

VW modular electric toolkit

Volkswagen has expanded its Asian network of electric vehicle battery suppliers to include South Korean manufacturer SK Innovation (SKI).

Auto alliance invests in Enevate’s advanced LIB tech

Enevate batteries

International automotive partnership Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi Alliance Ventures is stepping up its investment in fast-charge battery technology research.

Battery storage to replace retiring gas generators in Golden State

The California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) has granted approval for four energy storage projects— totalling 567.5MW/2,270MWh— which the Pacific Gas & Electric (PG&E) utility will use to replace retiring gas generators.

JCI quits batteries with Power Solutions sale

Cyrus Madon

Johnson Controls International (JCI) has announced a definitive agreement to sell its battery business Power Solutions to US and Canadian investment firms Brookfield Business Partners and CDPQ in a cash transaction valued at US$13.2 billion.

Germany’s billion-euro bid to lead EU battery cell production

Peter Altmeier

Germany has pledged to pump €1 billion (US$1.1bn) into promoting battery cell production by 2021— with the aim of German and European producers “supplying 30% of global demand” by 2030.

New BEST Recruitment Club energises battery jobs market

As a wave of investment in the advanced battery industry globally promises to spur the creation of thousands of jobs in the new year and beyond, today sees the launch of a new service from Energy Storage Publishing— BEST Recruitment Club— aimed at supercharging professionals’ search for jobs in the batteries sector.

Eskom launches pilot solar-BESS project in South Africa Primary tabs

Eskom plans wider rural electrification

South African power utility Eskom has launched a pilot solar-powered microgrid project with lithium-ion battery energy storage system in the country’s Free State province.

‘Nationally significant’ UK energy centre shelved

Tilbury Power Station

RWE Generation has shelved plans to develop its Tilbury Energy Centre at the site of the former Tilbury B Power Station in the UK county of Essex.

Nova and Tesla turn tide for storage in Shetland

Nova Innovation tidal array

Scottish “clean-tech company” Nova Innovation has successfully integrated a tidal energy array with battery storage from US-based Tesla to launch “the world’s first grid-connected ‘baseload’ tidal power station”.